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AUC IURIDICA, Vol 62 No 1 (2016), 161–170

The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Light of International Human Rights Law

Harald Christian Scheu, Luisa María Villa Yepes

announced: 23. 05. 2016


In this paper the authors deals with the concept of the protection of indigenous peoples and minorities from the perspective of international human rights law and the international protection of minorities. First, a brief introduction to the definition of indigenous and other ethnic (national) minorities is presented, followed by a discussion of the reasons for the particular vulnerability of indigenous populations. In addition to the complex legacy of colonialism we have to consider the current context of climate change and environmental destruction and their impact on the traditional way of life of indigenous communities. The third part of this paper deals with the question to what extent the interpretation of the right of indigenous peoples to self-determination has been influenced by human rights paternalism. It is clear that a human rights argument may under certain circumstances introduce a new form of colonial domination.

keywords: human rights; minority definition; protection of indigenous peoples; environment; human rights paternalism lidská práva; definice etnických menšin; ochrana indigenních národů; životní prostředí; lidskoprávní paternalismus

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